As an affiliate with Walkin’ Pets, I was introduced to their latest product that helps paralyzed animals regain their mobility. It’s called the Walkin’ Scooter and it gets dogs and cats moving around easily as they sit on a comfy memory foam seat with roller casters. It lifts your dog’s lower body up off the floor, allowing them to scoot wherever they want to go.
When used around the house, the unit also prevents dogs from dragging their hind limbs and developing scrapes and wounds.
This product is going to help lots of disabled pets and their families lead their best lives.
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How the Walkin’ Scooter works
To operate the Walkin’ Scooter, pet parents simply place their pup into the drag bag that comes with the scooter, and then rest them gently on top of a soft padded platform.
Once secured, pets can zoom across almost any surface – like hardwood, tile and short carpet – without ever worrying about dragging their lower body across the ground.
The whole unit is easy to clean with a simple damp cloth. And the drag bag can be put in the washing machine.
Why your dog should avoid dragging
The scooter solves a big problem that many disabled pets face.
When paralyzed dogs move around the house, most use their upper body while dragging their back legs and paws behind them. Unprotected, the process leads to cuts, scrapes and open wounds on their hind legs and paws. The design of the Walkin’ Scooter keeps your pup above the ground at all times, eliminating the problem.
I’ve written about ways to protect your dog’s limbs from wounds and scrapes in lots articles. Most of the remedies have to do with keeping your pet’s body covered with protective garments like compression sleeves or slipping your pup into a baby onesie or specially designed dog pants to cut down on scrapes.
Now pet owners have an additional option to keep their dog protected.
How long can the Walkin’ Scooter be used?
The majority of mobility devices aren’t meant to be used by dogs for extended periods of time. That’s primarily due to the fact that animals can’t comfortably lie down and relax in devices like a dog wheelchair. The Walkin’ Scooter, on the other hand, is designed to be worn for lengthy periods. Dogs can easily rest their bodies while wearing it. Small dogs can lie down on top of the scooter and big dogs can comfortably stretch out on the floor.
And when they’re ready to get up, it’s an easy maneuver to back up and start moving.
How the Scooter holds up with incontinence
The Walkin’ Scooter works great for dogs in diapers or belly bands. The open design makes it easy for a diaper-wearing-dog to get in and out of the device. And the screened panels help you keep an eye on whether your pup’s diaper is dry.
If an accident happens, the scooter base can be cleaned as easily as the padded seat. Just use a wet cloth or sponge. The bag is also made of a water-resistant material that can be detached for quick cleaning.
Rollo was one of the first pups to try the scooter. Here’s what his pet mom Kirsten B. said.
“Rollo gets 3-5 hours a day in his wheelchair, now his scooter gives us one more mobility option in between his exercises.
He can pull himself around the house without causing drag wounds. I’ve been wanting something like this invented since I got Rollo.”
Where to Get the Walkin’ Scooter
Show me the Scooter!
Has your pet tried out the Walkin’ Scooter? I’d love to know what you think. Send me pictures or videos of your fur kid enjoying their scooter. Who knows, you might even see your very own pet featured in a future article.